The winner of the 2016 Tithe Grant Award was announced at Waterstones in Piccadilly on the evening of 6 December 2016.
The Judge was the Turner Prize Winning artist Jeremy Deller who made an initial shortlist of six highly commended entries from the 128 works of art that were received from Britain, Ireland, Germany, America, South Korea and Australia.
The six shortlisted and highly commended artists were:
From the six highly commended works, the Award of the 2016 Tithe Grant was given to Simeon Banner.
Jeremy Deller said of Simeon’s work: “It has a clarity of line, it’s beautiful and I love the spirit of it. It feels contemporary but also dreamy. It’s free, happy and slightly mysterious.”
Our Congratulations to Simeon, our admiration to the shortlisted artists and our thanks to everyone who took part!
More of Simeon Banner’s work can be seen on his website
The Tithe Grant
Each year the Blake Society gives ten per cent of its income to an
individual in the form of a grant to encourage a work of vision.
This year the 2016 Tithe Grant will be awarded to the best drawing
inspired by Blake’s ‘Bounding Line’.
‘The great and golden rule of art, as well as of life, is this: That the more
distinct, sharp, and wiry the bounding line, the more perfect the work
of art; and the less keen and sharp, the greater is the evidence of weak
imitation, plagiarism, and bungling … Leave out this line, and you leave
out life itself’ (A Descriptive Catalogue, 1809)
The winning entries will be chosen by the Turner Prize-winning artist
Jeremy Deller whose recent work includes conceptual life drawing classes
in New York. In 2013 Deller represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Drawings must be postcard-sized (A6, 105 mm x 148 mm)
Only drawings will be accepted (no photographs or other media).
Entries must be posted physically to:
Tithe Grant 2016
The Blake Society
St James’s Church
London W1J 9LL
Entries must be received by 1 November 2016.
The winning entry and runners up will be announced at the event in Waterstones Piccadilly on 6 December 2016
Unfortunately the Blake Society is unable to return submissions.
Any questions should be emailed to:
Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q : What is the financial value of the 2016 Tithe Grant?
A : £524 representing 10% of our subscription income from 2015.
Q : If I do not live in the UK may I take part?
A : Yes! Previous winners have come from as far away as Australia and Alaska.
Q : If I am not a citizen of the UK may I take part?
A : Yes! The only Nation is the ImagiNation.
Q : Do I have to be a member of the Blake Society to take part?
A : No. All are welcome.
Q : Do I have to be over 18 years of age to enter?
A : Yes.
Q : How many drawings may I submit?
A : You can submit as many drawings as you wish.
Q : Should entries be anonymous?
A : Yes, but please add a key to the reverse of the drawing that clearly leads us to your identity – for example a separate accompanying letter giving your full name and address including email and phone so that we might contact you.
Q : I understand you do not have the resources to return the drawings, but can I collect mine?
A : The ownership of the drawings remains with the entrant and you are welcome to arrange collection after the competition.
Q : Does ‘Drawing’ include pencil, charcoal, crayon and pen?
A : Yes – Blake was eclectic in his interpretation of the tools of drawing. We are looking for the ‘Bounding Line’ so paint, collage or conceptual art would be beyond the consideration of the Tithe Grant Judge.
Q : Do entries have to be framed?
A : No, better to be free of frames.
Q : Do entries have to be created or submitted on an actual postcard?
A : No, references to a ‘postcard’ are simply intended to give an immediate indication of size.
Q : Please could you tell me whether drawings created on iPad are eligible for the Tithe Grant?
A : Yes, why not …